Egyptian Dukka

By shahdan • March 5, 2016

4 servings
30 min
Egyptian Dukka

Dukka is a traditional Egyptian spice mix. It used to be a popular street food, eaten with traditional ‘semeet’ bread. Dukka is classic with boiled eggs, and with different white cheeses, such labna. It is nutritious, full of nuts & spices, and adds a special Egyptian flavour to any sandwich!


  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds - بذور السمسم
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts - سوداني غير مملح
  • 1/2 cup coriander seeds - حبوب الكسبرة الجافة
  • 1/4 cup cumin seeds - حبات الكمون
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste) - ملح
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste) - فلفل أسود

Step by step

  1. In a dry pan, roast the sesame seeds on medium heat. You will need to shake the pan so the seeds don't burn. It will take just a few minutes until golden. Set aside in a separate bowl.
  2. Roast the peanuts in the same pan until golden and set aside.
  3. Mix the coriander with the cumin seeds and roast in the pan, for a few minutes. You will smell the aroma of the spices. Set aside.
  4. Reserve 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds on the side. Place the rest of the seeds in a small food processor or grinder, and process until finely ground. Set aside.
  5. Next, grind the peanuts. Don't over-process to avoid making it creamy. Set aside.
  6. Finally grind the coriander and cumin seeds until they reach a fine powder consistency.
  7. In a bowl, mix the sesame with peanuts, cumin and coriander. Add the sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in a glass jar.


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